Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
"Horrors," said Elphaba.
It was her first word, and it was greeted with silence. Even the moon, a lambent bowl among the trees, seemed to pause.
"Horrors?" Elphaba said again, looking around. (1.8.24-26)
"Animals should be seen and not heard."
Again, there was mumbling, but it was of a different nature now; a meaner key. Doctor Dillamond harrumphed and beat a cloven hoof against the floor, and was heard to say, "Well, that's not poetry, that's propaganda, and it's not even good propaganda at that." (220.127.116.11-11)
Though in a script too crabbed and archaic for Boq to decipher, perhaps this document supported the fable of a Kumbric Witch spell that gave the Animals the gifts of speech, memory, and remorse. (18.104.22.168)